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PM Modi lays foundation brick at Ram Mandir site in Ayodhya

PM Modi lays foundation brick at Ram Mandir site in Ayodhya
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  • Ayodhya is geared up for the “Bhoomi pujan” that will be attended at the Ram Janmabhoomi by 175 people today.
  • The “Bhoomi pujan” is an important ceremony where priests, devotees along with the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation of the grand Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh.
  • The August 5 ceremony will mark the beginning of the temple's construction.
Police barricades, yellow banners, walls with a fresh coat of paint and the sounds of bhajan mark parts of Ayodhya as the city awaits the groundbreaking “Bhoomi pujan”-- a ceremony when the first brick will be laid for the Ram temple.

Ayodhya is decked up for the Bhoomi pujan that will be attended at the Ram Janmabhoomi by 175 people, who figure in a select guest list of seers and politicians topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Most of the shops in the locality wear a new look, with their fronts painted in bright yellow. A large number of policemen were deployed there.

Concerned over the spread of coronavirus, the authorities are encouraging others not to come to the temple town, asking them to mark the occasion by celebrating at their homes. The groundbreaking ceremony will be telecast live on Doordarshan.

Here are the live updates —



India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi concludes the groundbreaking ceremony "Bhoomi Pujan" at Ram Mandir's site in Ayodhya

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi concludes the groundbreaking ceremony "Bhoomi Pujan" at Ram Mandir's site in Ayodhya

Leaders across the political spectrum on Wednesday welcomed the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, hoping the development would pave the way for national unity and harmony.

Various leaders hailed the historic event, and hoped the country progressed further and that people follow the ideals of Lord Ram.

Their reactions come on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Ayodhya to lay the first brick of the Ram temple.

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said, "Hindu Muslim Sikh Isaai, Aapas mein hain Bhai Bhai! Mera Bharat Mahaan, Mahaan Hamara Hindustan."

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sent his best wishes to fellow citizens on the bhoomi poojan of the Ram temple.

Union minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said today is a historic day and we can all feel the joy of this moment.

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​PM Narendra Modi leaves for Ayodhya wearing a traditional dhoti-kurta

​PM Narendra Modi leaves for Ayodhya wearing a traditional dhoti-kurta
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Ayodhya where he will lay the foundation stone of Ram temple. The Prime Minister's Office shared a picture of Modi boarding an Air Force plane. He was dressed in traditional dhoti-kurta.

The August 5 ceremony will mark the beginning of the temple's construction. A decades-long title suit over the site at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh was settled by the Supreme Court in November last year. Both Hindus and Muslims have accepted the Supreme Court verdict over Ram Janmabhoomi (the birthplace for Lord Rama).

The “Bhoomi Pujan” is an important ceremony where priests, devotees along with the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation of the grand Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh.

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​The grand “Bhoomi Pujan”

​The grand “Bhoomi Pujan”
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The 'Bhoomi Pujan' for the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya will begin at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday with the Prime Minister performing the 'Shila Pujan', 'Bhoomi Pujan' and 'Karma Shila Pujan'.

According to an official statement, the main 'puja' will be held between 12.44 p.m. and 12.45 p.m. during the 32-second 'Abhijit Muhurat'. It is the same 'muhurat' or the auspicious moment when Lord Ram was believed to have been born.The Prime Minister will lay a 40-kg silver brick to symbolise the start of construction of the temple.

He will unveil a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone and also release a commemorative postage stamp on the 'Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir'.

Modi is likely to spend around three hours in Ayodhya.

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​Security tightened at Ayodhya

​Security tightened at Ayodhya
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The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and the Uttar Pradesh Police have intensified patrolling along the 551 km-long India-Nepal border, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to Ayodhya for Ram Temple Bhoomi Puja on Wednesday.

According to senior police officers, a tight vigil is being maintained on movement along the border and people living in villages adjoining the border have been asked to alert security officials if they come across any suspicious activity or element in their area.

The security arrangements across the state, especially in Ayodhya and on the Indo-Nepal border, has been beefed up after intelligence agencies warned of a possible terror attack in August.

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​Celebration with over a lakh packets of prasad

​Celebration with over a lakh packets of prasad
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The temple administration will also make available over one lakh packets of prasad' for distribution among people and devotees on the occasion of Bhoomi Poojan for the Ram Janmabhoomi temple.

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust will be sending boxes of Bikaneri laddoos to all foreign embassies in Delhi to mark the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

The occasion will be live-streamed on Doordarshan so that the devotees across the globe can be part of the grand event.

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​The grand foundation laying ceremony

​The grand foundation laying ceremony
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There will be 175 guests including PM Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat.

The invited seers include Nirmalanatha Swamy from Adi Chinchingiri Mutt, Shivratreshvara Swamy of Suttur Mutt in Mysuru, Veerendra Hegde from Dharmasthala, Vidhushekara Bharat Swamy from Shringeri Mutt, Basava Madhara Chennaiah Swamy of Madharachennaya Peetha from Chitradurga and Vishwa Prasanna from Pejavarmatt.

Of these six invitees, only two are attending, Basava Madara Chennaiah and Nirmalanatha Swamy. On Tuesday evening, Nirmalanatha Swamy has already reached the temple town in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.

Apart from Hindu religious leaders, the chairperson of the Sunni Waqf board from Lucknow, Jathedars or Sikh priests, and other religious heads are also invited.

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